Love Big Little Painting by the POP Artist Roy Lichtenstein, so much that I used this work for inspiration for a picture knit jumper that I made in 1985 (I think). The brush strokes have become the subject matter, simplified, enlarged and coloured with primary colours. The use of black lines gives a comic book feel and makes a really bold statement where you can almost feel the paint being applied to the surface.
The simple shapes and blocks of colour in this artwork lend themselves to picture knitting. I drew the image onto graph paper, working out size…. and how to ‘best’ position the image on the front. I did not use the same colours as in the original artwork because they had to much contrast for my husband. Grey was substituted for white and turquoise for the background. I remember he was thrilled with his jumper.
I came across this stretch crepe fabric at Spotlight. It reminded me so much of Little Big Painting and Blue Poles by Jackson Pollock that a little bit had to come home with me. Images and motifs move in and out of fashion and it nice to have a little of the past popping up in the present.